The Bureau of Madaris Education (BME) awarded Permits to Operate (PTO) to the 26 madaris assisted by the BEAM-ARMM Program. The PTO is an acknowledgement from DepED-ARMM that these madaris offers a unified culturally sensitive curriculum and has become part of the Philippine education system. The BEAM-ARMM Program plans to support at least 30 madaris in the BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi) areas to improve physical facilities and strengthen teaching capacities.
Strategic Budgeting Workshop
Under the Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (PEIR) partnership with AusAID and the World Bank, DepEd-ARMM held a 2-day Strategic Budgeting Workshop from January 17-18, 2013. The workshop drew a mental movement from resource gaps to education outcomes and impacts in budgeting. This was also a refresher for budget and planning officers and mostly an eye opener for new managers and key personnel. It was divided into four (4) themes - current budget situation, budget framework, policy dialogue and strategic budget preparation.
The workshop was participated by senior managers and key personnel at the regional and division offices. Resource persons from WB, AusAID, DepEd Central, DBM, RLA, RPDO and RBMO were invited to provide critical inputs on different budget concepts, frameworks and patterns. Inuential education stakeholders in the region were also invited.
Hamish Nixon, an international consultant of World Bank presented a helpful way of understanding the budget cycle by illustrating the actors involved in the budget process and showing the ow of decision making from the division, regional to the National such as in Congress . An appropriation law shall have to be enacted by the Regional Assembly. Context is unique in ARMM because of the ARMM's autonomous set-up. Its budget process is complicated and thus budget is fragmented. Relationship is more imperative and go beyond fault-finding, thus quality relationships should be established to expound its importance.
It was learned that on budgeting, organizations should consider the elements of information, consultation, and comprehensiveness (taking into the account all sources of financing-where resources are taken, etc.). In managing the transition to be more autonomous, it should be comprehensive and coherent (i.e., transition to Bangsamoro arrangements). In the ow of information, there should be a transparency in communicating the CRITERIA (for projects, in the case). In monitoring and evaluation, the information gathered should bear data integrity thus a proposal on an ARMM Information Development Program.
Last December 9, 2012, Memorandum of Understanding was signed by and between the Regional Secretary, Atty. Jamar M. Kulayan and George T. Yang, Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Through the partnership, school heads and teachers shall be oriented on Beginning Reading tools by competent trainers from the UP Integrated School.
Last December 17-20, 2012, Four hundred and twenty (420) School Principals and Grade 1 Teachers including Private Madaris Schools in the ARMM were given a rare treat at Alnor Convention Center, Cotabato City when the Ronald Mcdonald,s House of Charities led by Ms. Joyce Gacutan, Executive Director with Adarna House and UP Diliman College of Education Faculty members conducted the 1st Bright Minds Read Program (BMR) in ARMM where they where given a 4-day training course on fun and enjoyable reading strategies for grade 1 pupills.
The Bright Minds Read Program of the Ronald McDonald House of Charities expands to island divisions targeting school heads and grade teachers from 120 target schools. The training was conducted last January 7-8, 2013, at Preciosa Hotel, Zambonga City.
This partnership aims to make reading a fun and easy experience to Grade 1 pupils. The program also teaches reading, comprehension, and critical thinking skills to pupils who are mostly first time readers. It creates educational materials specially designed to make beginning reading more fun and much easier. It also provides training for teachers so their lessons are easy to understand and applied.
Regional Palaro in Tawi Tawi
For the first time in 23 years of ARMM existence, Tawi-Tawi Province finally played host to this year's Palarong ARMMAA (Regional Meet). The meet officially commenced on January 14 and ended on January 18, 2013.
Bongao, the capital town, hosted all the events, ceremonies and billeting of the delegations. More than 1,000 athletes, officials and staff converged in this island town for a week. Indeed the event was a lucky break for Tawi-Tawi for aside from being the host, Tawi-Tawi Division also bested all the divisions by ending up as the Palaro Over-All Champion.
ARMM Senior Scout Jamboree
The first-ever ARMM Senior Scout Jamboree was held in Upi, Maguindanao. The delegations were from Tawi-Tawi, Lamitan City, Marawi City, Lanao Sur IA, Lanao Sur IB, Lanao Sur II and Maguindanao II.
The Jamboree's theme, "back to basics, back to nature" exposed senior scouts to the rudiment of daily life and survival as well as creating environmental awareness and exposure. The delegation were introduced to adventure challenge, community service, arts and crafts, team building, lake challenge, basic scout skills and survival challenge. These activities were developed in coordination with the BSP Western Mindanao and Maguindanao-Cotabato City Councils and led by Wood Badgers.
L a s t F e b r u a r y , D e p E d - A R M M conducted a 2-day orientation workshop on t h e St r a t e g i c P e r f o r m a n ce Management System (SPMS), Human Resource Plan (HR) and Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTAC). The activity is delivered by the CSC-ARMM.
Division participants to this activity were A s s i s t a n t S c h o o l s D i v i s i o n Superintendents, Administrative Officers, HRMOs/Plantilla-in-charge, Planning Officers and senior Education Supervisors. Participants from the Regional Office are bureau directors and selected HR staff.
Building on the inputs from this workshop, the DepEd-ARMM will come up with an SPMS plan, not only as a matter of compliance but as a matter of aligning individual action with organizational direction. Within the SPMS, there is also a performance-based incentive scheme which integrates personnel and organizational performance shall be established to reward exemplary civil servants and well performing institutions.
For the last 23 years of existence, DepEd-ARMM has not complied with the HR Plan. This activity which is consistent with the general directive of RG Mujiv Hataman to improve the regional bureaucracy, thereby ensuing public service delivery, has also prepared the DepEd-ARMM personnel to contribute positively to the improvement of its work processes.
CSC-ARMM is supporting technical assistance to DepEd-ARMM as the latter work through the whole process.
The Teachers Induction Program (TIP)
This week-long activity is a Civil Service mandated program for new entrants in government to develop their pride, belongingness and commitment to public service. The program is also designed to inform new teachers about DepEd programs like the K to 12, classroom management, operations as well as their duties and responsibilities based on the Civil Service standards and benefits as member of the GSIS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG and PPSTA.
Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman envisioned the program as a way to transform public servants and their commitment to public service. It is also a way to headcount that appointees are really warm bodies and that they are physically in the ARMM at time of their appointment. Previously, there has been allegation of "ghost applicants" and appointees who are working abroad.
The TIP is one of the one of the professional development innovations introduced in DepEd-ARMM to highlight the inductee's movement from a regular constituent to a public school teacher. To date some 800 teachers have been inducted under TIP. In August, the 7th batch (187 new teachers) were inducted.
DepEd-ARMM hosted National Quiz Bee Regional FinalsThe Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE) teamed-up with the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) of DepEd ARMM in hosting the 33rd National Quiz Bee Regional finals on the 1st of March 2013 at the Pacific Heights and the Marqueza, Cotabato City.
The Quiz Bee rounds on two levels; elementary and secondary. The elementary level is tagged into two learning areas; Makabayan and Mathematics while secondary level is solely on Science and Technology.
In this year’s regional finals, only 8 Schools Divisions participate in the challenge for the regional championship and the national finals, viz.: Basilan, Lamitan City, Sulu, Maguindanao I and II, Lanao del Sur I-A and I-B, Lanao del Sur II, and Marawi City.
DepEd-ARMM participated in the National Quiz Bee Summit and Grand Finals recently held in Tagaytay City. The participants were the winners in the Regional Eliminations held last March 01, 2013 in Cotabato City. Basilan and Marawi City represented elementary Makabayan and Mathematics subjects, respectively. Maguindanao II represented secondary science category.
All sixteen (16) regions in the country were represented in the grand finals. ARMM took home 4th place in elementary Makabayan through pupil Ericka Joyce Reynera and coach Janeth Ismael of Concepcion CES, Lantawan District, Basilan division.